Bernadette McBride is a writer, artist, teacher, and editor. She taught creative writing and literature at Temple University for many years and continues teaching in writing workshops as well as helping writers strengthen their work through private coaching and editing. Author of four four full-length poetry collections, she serves as poetry editor for the Philadelphia-based Schuylkill Valley Journal. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, winner, second place, for the International Ray Bradbury Writing Award for poetry, runner-up for the Robert Fraser Poetry Prize, and recipient of various other writing honors, her work is widely published in literary journals and anthologies, including in the UK, Canada, and on PRI’s The Writer’s Almanac. She is a founding member of the poetry improv troupe, No River Twice and a Pennsylvania Poet Laureate for Bucks County (2009).
Working in watercolor and pen-and-ink, acrylic, oil, and mixed media, she has shown her paintings in many settings, including art shows, shop galleries, and art festivals across five states. She worked full-time for many years on a large body of work in Celtic design comprised of historical and mythological subjects, castles, two illuminated uncial alphabets, featuring both male and female themes, and commissioned pieces for private clients and businesses. Her designs sold in both the U.S. and in Ireland. Many pieces have been published as both cover art for journals and other publications, as well as complementary illustrations for print pieces. Her current work includes historic public buildings and commissioned paintings of private homes, as well as various pieces whose themes focus on nature, people, and whatever inspires.
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